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Merson's predictions: Liverpool v Arsenal, Man City v Everton, Chelsea v West Brom

Paul Merson

Paul Merson is back with his midweek Premier League predictions, including Liverpool v Arsenal and Man City v Everton.

Also on the agenda for Merse is Tottenham v Leicester and Chelsea v West Brom.

Scroll down to see who Merson is tipping to come out on top in the remaining seven midweek fixtures...

Manchester City v Everton (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

They play each other again in the Capital One Cup a few weeks later, so this is an important game. If Everton lose, it won't be good psychologically for the second leg of the semi-final.

Nicolas Otamendi tackles Romelu Lukaku
Image: Everton beat Manchester City in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final last week

But I think City will win. Everton are a good team when they have all their players fit, but they haven't been winning games even when they have been playing well.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

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Southampton v Watford (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

This is a hard game for Southampton. Watford had a good win in the FA Cup, they are a threat going forward with Deeney and Ighalo and will cause problems.

Odion Ighalo celebrates with Troy Deeney
Image: Odion Ighalo (R) and Troy Deeney have been key for Watford this season

But Southampton are not as bad as their league position suggests. I don't think they will be in a relegation battle; they have too much quality. I expect there to be a few goals in this one.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

Stoke v Norwich (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Stoke are in a little bit of a bad patch, with two defeats in their last three games. They were poor against Liverpool and then lost to West Brom.

Joselu celebrates scoring Stoke City's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Everton
Image: Stoke are looking to get back to winning ways against Norwich

They have talented players but it's hard to keep the consistency. When you have to produce the goods week in, week out, it is tough. I don't like going against Stoke at home though, and I think they will win this.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

Chelsea v West Brom (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

Chelsea seem to have turned the corner under Guus Hiddink. They look hard to beat, efficient and are scoring goals - everything they were when they won the league last year.

 Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates with Oscar
Image: Merse says Chelsea can still challenge for the top four

West Brom had a shocking result in the FA Cup. I know they drew, but the replay is a game they don't need. I think Chelsea are going to go on a bit of a run, and could still get top four.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

Liverpool v Arsenal (Wednesday, 8pm)

If this was Liverpool v Crystal Palace, then I would say I might fancy Palace, but you know Liverpool will be running round like you have never seen before. You look at the way they have played recently and you can bet they won't be anything like that against Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring in the FA Cup third round
Image: Aaron Ramsey netted in Arsenal's FA Cup win over Sunderland

That's what you're up against when you are at a top team like Arsenal; other teams lift their game against you. I am sure Liverpool will raise their game but they are struggling to put a team out with all the injuries and I think Arsenal have to win these kind of matches if they are going to win the Premier League. I don't think Liverpool have got enough players at the moment and Arsenal need to win before facing Stoke and Chelsea.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (17/2 with Sky Bet)

Swansea v Sunderland (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

It's a cup final for me, a massive match. I don't know what has happened to Swansea - losing up at Oxford in the FA Cup and sliding down the league. If Sunderland beat them here, you would have to fancy Swansea getting relegated.

Jermain Defoe (2nd L) of Sunderland celebrates scoring his team's third goal against Aston Villa
Image: Merse is backing Sunderland to beat Swansea

It's a game Swansea cannot afford to lose; they're on a slippery slope. I thought Sunderland did alright at Arsenal, even though they went on to be beaten.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham v Leicester (Wednesday, 8pm)

I'm going to go for Tottenham. Harry Kane was on the bench at the weekend and he will make a big difference. I fancy him to score. They can win the league, but I'd like to see them when the pressure is on.

Nacer Chadli looks for a way through Leicester's defence
Image: Tottenham and Leicester met in the FA Cup at the weekend

They have to perform under pressure and if they win this game, then the pressure will increase. I think Leicester have been a bit unlucky; they missed a penalty against Bournemouth when they had 10 men. They're still right up there for a place in Europe but this is a hard game for them.

PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

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